Community safety and prevention in partnership
I am committed to building on and strengthening collaborative working with all our partners – across policing, local and national government, health, parliamentarians, criminal justice, and the voluntary sector. It is only through working together that we can successfully tackle some of the big system wide issues and make a real difference to the communities we serve.
I plan to bring all partners together to work towards reducing crime. This includes councils, health services, probation, voluntary and community organisations, the courts and the public. Resources are limited and the more we do together the safer we all will be. Prevention is critical to success. Spending time and money after a crime is committed and harm has been done is less effective than working to stop crime through good prevention. We need to focus on those crimes and offenders that cause the most harm and reduce their impact. I will also work with communities to increase active citizenship and reduce dependency and demand by engaging them in identifying the issues and providing funding to pilot community led solutions.
Promote and support road safety in conjunction with Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.
- Hold a Lincolnshire Road Safety Summit, building on the success of the 2017 summit, to consider what has been achieved to date and the next steps in working together to make the roads safer for all.
- Support Community Speed Watch to reach all communities that wish to participate.
- Adopt an intelligence led approach to supporting driver training initiatives for those cohorts identified at most as risk.
- Increase enforcement with a new roads policing team.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of Op Snap in making our roads safer for all users.
- Lobby for a review of the exceptional hardship defence, which allows motorists with more than 12 points to avoid disqualification.
Ensure the business community receives information and support to assist them to protect their businesses from becoming victims of crime.
- Help reduce crime against local businesses by establishing a Business Crime Forum at which concerns can be raised, emerging risks captured and best practice shared. Use this input to develop the PCC and Lincolnshire Police Crime Against Business Strategy.
- Consult with people who work in retail to better understand their experiences of crime, feelings of safety and their understanding of the support available to them should they experience crime in the workplace.
Work in partnership with local authorities to prevent all forms of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB).
- Bring together local organisations to discuss and tackle specific ASB problems and issues that require action beyond policing alone through an ASB task force.
- Fight fly tipping through the use of technology to map intelligence which will inform co-ordinated enforcement in partnership with local authorities, the Community Safety Partnership, Environmental Waste Partnership and Environment Agency through the Lincolnshire Environmental Crime Partnership Group. Recognise that this is a cross border issue and engage with our neighbouring forces and local authorities on a regional approach, as well as lobbying nationally for tougher sentencing.
Break the cycle of reoffending by working with partners to develop intervention and diversion initiatives.
It is right that people who commit crime are punished for those crimes and that we keep our communities safe. But, to prevent further harm to victims and to our communities we must also support them to address factors that may contribute to their offending or how they engage and respond to interventions.
- Following the successful evaluation of the youth diversion scheme in Lincolnshire (Joint Diversionary Panel), diversionary opportunities will be provided for adult cohorts, including 18 – 24-year-olds and domestic abuse perpetrators. This will be achieved by working with partners to commission evidence-based, meaningful interventions which reduce offending behaviour.
- Adopt a whole system, early intervention approach to identify and respond to the needs of women at risk of contact with the criminal justice system through the introduction of a Lincolnshire-wide Women’s Strategy and Concordat. Work with partners, including Liaison & Diversion services, to take a gender informed approach to ensure that the needs of female offenders are assessed and women are either diverted into support, where appropriate, or are supported to address issues that may underlie their offending.
- Reduce burglary, robbery and theft by introducing an Integrated Offender Management model for the most prolific perpetrators of neighbourhood crime, providing joint supervision and access to rehabilitative services.
- Work with partners across the criminal justice system and health to identify gaps and opportunities to improve pathways out of prison.
- Work with Probation to develop an approach to unpaid work programmes which focuses on education and employment and evaluate the impact of unpaid work on offending behaviour.
Increase active citizenship.
- Provide opportunities for young people to be heard, support their community and develop skills to become active citizens through the Mini Police and Cadet Programmes, aiming to introduce junior cadets and provide a seamless journey from mini police to adulthood (8 – 18) for young people wishing to volunteer.
- Support people to stay safe online by raising awareness and understanding of the risks people can encounter in the online world, the resources available to protect them and how to report should you be a victim of online crime.
- Use the information gathered through previous public consultation on fraud and scams to inform targeted prevention activity, providing individuals with the knowledge and awareness to identify and report scams with the aim of reducing the number of victims. Work with Trading Standards to deter unscrupulous traders and bogus callers through a review of ‘no cold call’ zones.
- Create more opportunities for the public to support road safety initiatives such as Community Speed Watch.
- Work with communities to raise awareness and understanding of unpaid work programmes and how to propose potential schemes.
Violence Reduction Programme.
- Working with policing, health, local government, organisations and community groups we will develop a programme of early intervention and prevention to address violent crime and the drivers of criminality and vulnerability.
- Provide strategic leadership and co-ordinate multi-agency collaboration locally and regionally.
- Share anonymised, aggregated data and intelligence to inform a Strategic Needs Assessment, identifying the drivers of serious violence and the cohorts of people most affected.
- Commission interventions based on the findings of the Needs Assessment and learning from nationally funded Violence Reduction Units about ‘what works’.
- Work closely with the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership, maximising opportunities to reduce crime and improve the safety of people and their communities, ensuring that those living in, working in and visiting the county feel safe.
- Collaborate with the police forces around us, where it is appropriate and beneficial to do so, to ensure that we have the resources to tackle criminality from wherever it occurs. Through intelligence sharing and joint operations against serious and organised criminality we will keep Lincolnshire safe.
- Develop co-location and sharing of facilities with key partner organisations, including other Blue Light services and District Councils, where suitable opportunities arise; ensuring police resources are located where they are needed and accessible within our communities.